Whether it's through stocks, bonds, ETFs, or other types of securities, all investors love seeing their portfolios score big returns. But for income investors, generating consistent cash flow from each of your liquid investments is your primary focus.
While cash flow can come from bond interest or interest from other types of investments, income investors hone in on dividends. A dividend is the distribution of a company's earnings paid out to shareholders; it's often viewed by its dividend yield, a metric that measures a dividend as a percent of the current stock price. Many academic studies show that dividends account for significant portions of long-term returns, with dividend contributions exceeding one-third of total returns in many cases.
Bank of Hawaii in Focus
Bank of Hawaii (BOH - Free Report) is headquartered in Honolulu, and is in the Finance sector. The stock has seen a price change of 29.61% since the start of the year. The bank holding company is currently shelling out a dividend of $0.65 per share, with a dividend yield of 2.98%. This compares to the Banks - West industry's yield of 2.19% and the S&P 500's yield of 1.89%.
Taking a look at the company's dividend growth, its current annualized dividend of $2.60 is up 11.1% from last year. Over the last 5 years, Bank of Hawaii has increased its dividend 4 times on a year-over-year basis for an average annual increase of 8.47%. Future dividend growth will depend on earnings growth as well as payout ratio, which is the proportion of a company's annual earnings per share that it pays out as a dividend. Bank of Hawaii's current payout ratio is 47%, meaning it paid out 47% of its trailing 12-month EPS as dividend.
Earnings growth looks solid for BOH for this fiscal year. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2019 is $5.59 per share, which represents a year-over-year growth rate of 6.82%.
Investors like dividends for many reasons; they greatly improve stock investing profits, decrease overall portfolio risk, and carry tax advantages, among others. However, not all companies offer a quarterly payout.
High-growth firms or tech start-ups, for example, rarely provide their shareholders a dividend, while larger, more established companies that have more secure profits are often seen as the best dividend options. During periods of rising interest rates, income investors must be mindful that high-yielding stocks tend to struggle. With that in mind, BOH is a compelling investment opportunity. Not only is it a strong dividend play, but the stock currently sits at a Zacks Rank of 3 (Hold).